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Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Sophia Zonni

I recently had the opportunity to ask Sophia Zonni some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Sophia is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage so beautifully with phenomenal technique, her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started creative dance when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Currently dance at Ellison ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Started pointe at 10

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynor Mindens and was picked as an official GM girl for 2017/18

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started taking more ballet at 7/8

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I like Giselle, Kitri, odette, grand pas classique

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Would love to work for the Mariinsky ballet, Royal Ballet, Paris opera or ABT

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My first YAGP

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My favorite ballerinas are Svetlana Zakharova, Joy Womack and Natalia Osipova

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

it’s about quality and not quantity

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I try to play the violin and knit, I also love cooking and I hit the gym to cross train, Then lots of homework too.  You need to be an educated ballerina 😂😂 I’m also from Toronto Canada so I also hang out with my friends from the city and just be a kid.

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Olivia Jaymes Runquist

I recently had the pleasure of asking Olivia Jaymes Runquist some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Olivia is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her dedication and passion for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Edge Studios. @edgestudiosyyc

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 4 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Freed pointe shoes. My favourite maker is crown.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My older sister used to dance so I wanted to dance. I first got seriously into my ballet training only a few years ago with guidance from my current teacher.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is either Kitri Act 1 or Dulcinea.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for San Francisco Ballet or American Ballet Theatre

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I dont really have a favourite memory but every class I love to do plies because every time I do them I fall in love with ballet again!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Some dancers that inspire me are Misty Copeland, Marianela Núñez, and Dusty Button. I love the way they all dance in their own individual ways!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to always pretend like you have an audience in front of you. I think my expression when dancing has improved since I’ve been applying that.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutus are my favourite.

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I like to spend time with my friends and family, play with my puppies, or go to the gym to strengthen. I also like to bake and of course sometimes watch my favourite shows on Netflix!

Q&A With Canadian Balleirna Jessey Y

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jessey Y some questions about her wonderful journey as a ballerina. She graces the stage so elegantly and with poise and grace, her dedication and passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 8

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I go to a ballet school in Ontario Canada

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Russian Pointe Brava

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom used to be a figure skater and now she’s a judge. She wanted to me to become a figure skater as well, but she understood that ballet is a fundamental of Figure Skating. We couldn’t find good ballet school where I lived so I started rhythmic gymnastics when I was in first grade. My coach told me that whether I want to become a rhythmic gymnast or figure skater, I need to take ballet classes, so I joined the new ballet school that opened in my neighbourhood. Since then, I’ve been doing ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Variation from Giselle Act One

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream is Royal Danish Ballet, but I’d love to work for any kind of Ballet company because at the end of the day, if I can Dance and share the love for ballet with others, that’s all I want💕

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

When I got accepted to Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and when I was Clara in Nutcracker and went on tour.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Every dancers who put so much effort and work hard every day whether they’re students or professionals.

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

“Dance for yourself and enjoy every moment that you’re on stage”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

It kind of sound lazy but sleep and eat and take pictures

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Allie English

I had the opportunity to ask Allie English some questions about her journye as a ballerina. She graces the stage with poise, elegance and beauty. Her level of dedication and passion for ballet is unmatched. Below are her answeres

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was two years old, but my parents tell me I had been asking for it since I was one! No one knows where my eagerness came from!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at The School of Cadence Ballet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It’s the best! All the teachers are so nice, and help us get the best training possible!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe since late January 2018, so that’s about four months. Funny story, I went to YAGP after about six weeks of pointe!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko ProFlex 2007 pointe shoes, and I am also a Grishko ambassador.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

There was a sign for ‘Ages 2-Adult’ outside my first dance studio, so my parents took me there, and I loved it!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Harlequinade is my favourite variation! It is actually very funny, because no one EVER gets to do their favourite, because the teacher really knows what’s best for you! I am sooooooooo lucky to be able to do my favourite one!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for any Russian company — Mariinsky or Bolshoi would be my dream!

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favourite moment so far has been when I first went up en pointe! The second I got up there, I felt like I was actually flying!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My role models are Natalia Osipova, Svetlana Zakharova, Anna Pavlova and Sergei Polunin. I have two cats we named Osipova and Pavlova because I love them so much!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I have ever received from a teacher is the reminder to use my technique and then just PERFORM!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love classical tutus! Romantic ones are pretty but they cover the legs ‘tutu’ much! Ha.

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

In my free time (which is a bit limited!) I like to sew elaborate stuffed animals, read comic books and play Minecraft with my friends!

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Emma Keyes

I recently had the pleasure of asking Canadian ballerina Emma Keyes some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She dances with incredible beauty and joy while on stage. Emma graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age of 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

and I am currently dancing at the Academy of ballet and Jazz, Canadian Ballet Theatre.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for roughly 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch European balance strong (the strongest shank) XXX size 6

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me into ballet just for fun, but as the years progressed I realized how much I love it

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is definitely the pretty variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for La Scala, in Milan

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I have many favourite memories that I treasure in dance.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Svetlana Zakharova is definitely an inspiration to me

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I’ve received from any teacher, is to always trust yourself. When you are confident, you will perform at your best ability

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both classical and romantic tutus, but I prefer romantic even though both are stunning

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

In my free time, I love drawing, singing, acting, playing guitar, basically anything involved in the arts!

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Erin Doherty

I had the pleasure of asking Canadian ballerina Erin Doherty some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is a wonderful dancer who is incredibly dedicated to ballet. She exudes passion for ballet and this is evident every time she is on stage or in the studio training. Below are her responses

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was five but didn’t get serious about it until I was around 14 or 15.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance with Ballet Victoria.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe since I was 12, 9 years!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko novas and have worn them for about a year and a half. I have worn Grishkos for 3 and a half years.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved with ballet when my mom put me into classes after doing some creative movement classes with my school and noticing my sense of rhythm and coordination.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variations are Satanella and Aurora act 1 and 2.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is the National Ballet of Canada.

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

One of my favourite moments in ballet would have to be after a successful performance this past fall and getting a standing ovation from a full audience and standing on stage and soaking it all in. It was so gratifying!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Dancers that inspire me are Alina Somova, Elena Lobsonova, Isabella Boylston and Jurgita Dronina.

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I’ve received from a teacher is that ballet is as hard or even harder sometimes mentally than physically so taking care of your mind and letting it relax and soak up information in a time of rest is very important to be able to perform successfully.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu.

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I’m not dancing in my free time I love to bake, cook, go shopping, interior decorate, and explore Vancouver island!